WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR MOUTH WON'T OPEN? by Susan Beth Pfeffer

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR MOUTH WON'T OPEN?

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A skimpy story about twelve-year-old Reesa's fight to overcome the fear of public speaking that first hit when she froze up in a kindergarten play. As Reesa is a good student and a good writer, her teachers excuse her from reading aloud in class, but now her essay on ""What I Like Best About America"" has won the school contest and she must read it as her school's entry in the country-wide competition. Practice, determination, a library book for speakers, proud parents, a supportive friend, and a psychologist who teaches her some relaxation techniques all do the trick, despite a jealous older sister and a setback in class when she volunteers but fails to do a part in a reading. The account reads smoothly, but hasn't the substance of either a novel or an anti-stage-fright program.

Pub Date: May 19th, 1981
Publisher: Delacorte